Seniors Expo

An expo for senior citizens will be held tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seniors attending "50+ Expo" will be able to get information from more than 100 exhibits. They also will able to get health screenings and flu shots, attend assisted-living seminars and a job fair, learn about the AARP Consumer University and log on to an interactive senior center with Internet access. Giveaways, a food concession and entertainment will be available.

Speakers at the expo will include financial adviser Julius Westheimer, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. (D) and U.S. Attorney for Maryland Lynn A. Battaglia.

The event, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, is free. There will be nominal charges for some health screenings. Transportation and sign language interpreters will be available. Wilde Lake High School is at 5460 Trumpeter Rd. in Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-6410.

Preservation Grant

A $30,000 grant for historic preservation has been given by Columbia Gas of Maryland to the Save Maryland's Treasures program.

The Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 (Maryland 2000) began the Save Maryland's Treasures program in April, inviting residents to nominate buildings, monuments, documents and sites that they believe are endangered historic resources. An advisory council is picking a Treasure of the Month through December and will decide which will get funding in 2000.

October's Treasure of the Month is the National Park Seminary--a group of multi-use buildings with unique architectural character that were built during 1890 to 1898 and now are part of the Walter Reed Army Hospital on Linden Lane in Montgomery County's Forest Glen neighborhood.

To nominate a Maryland treasure, or for more information, call Maryland 2000 toll-free at 877-632-0001, or visit the Web site at www.maryland2000.org. To be considered, a treasure must be at least 50 years old, except in cases of special significance.

Radon Testing Kits

"Do-it-yourself" home radon testing kits are now available from the American Lung Association of Maryland.

Radon gas is a radioactive byproduct of the natural decay of uranium. Because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless, testing of indoor air is recommended to detect its presence. A short-term (four- to seven-day test) kit sells for $12.00 plus tax; long-term kits (a three-month to one-year test, for best accuracy) sell for $22.00 plus tax.

Homes throughout the state may be at risk for radon contamination. Exposure to it may cause lung cancer. The risk is especially high for smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke.

For more information, or to purchase a home testing kit, contact the American Lung Association of Maryland at 800-LUNG-USA, fax inquiries to 410-560-0829 or e-mail radon@amlungmd.com. Radon information is available at the American Lung Association Web site, www.lungusa.org.